Pittsburgh's Third Rail: Parking
Finance Director Scott Kunka said lower parking costs offset employees' "low"salaries. The average city worker makes $44,000 a year, according to city records. The estimated median household income in Pittsburgh was about $31,800 in 2006, according to U.S. Census figures.
I wonder why "low" is in
That begs the question, is that quoted salary low relative to other wages in the region. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average total compensation per job in Allegheny County region was $51,636 in 2005, so 3 years ago. Inflation alone will have pushed that up a bit since then. Actually if you look at wages just for Downtown workers, arguably the comparable group of who city workers in question are competing with for Downtown parking. the average payroll in 2005 for workers in area code 15219 was just over $60K. The bottom line: how much city workers earn compared to what their jobs are is just a tad bit harder to analyze than just throwing out a median household income number which is mostly non sequitur .
But there is even more parking news, it's like the energizer bunny of Pittsburgh politics. I see that there is additional news that new Pittsburgh city Councilor Pat Dowd is taking on the perennial deficit in the city's parking permit program. I won't comment, but I have in the past in excruciating detail that you just don't want me to repeat. See: Zen and the Politics of Parking in Pittsburgh if you can bear the blathering.